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Industry Lighting Trends for 2021 – Part I: Architectural Lighting

Jan 14, 2021 | Products

by David Carlsen Jones

Hello there and Happy New Year! I’m David Carlsen Jones, Lighting Specification Sales with TLA. This is Part 1 of a 2-Part Series covering Architectural and Interior Lighting. In today’s post, I’ve put together a collection of my top ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING TRENDS FOR 2021:

1. Lines of Light
2. Black and White
3. Unique Optical Designs
4. Indirect Lighting Sources
5. Acoustic Forms
6. Biophilic Design and Clouds
7. Smart Home Downlighting
8. Lit Mirrors

 

TREND 1: Lines of Light

Re-emphasizing the interior architecture within the ceiling plane creates an opportunity for dynamic, directional, energetic, and/or rhythmic design themes. Seamless or virtual seamless runs of light are apparent within the workplace environment theme.

 

 

Key Manufacturers & Products

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: Extant Huntington

EXTANT – HUNTINGTON

 

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: Peerless Renna

PEERLESS – RENNA

 

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: Vode RaceRail

VODE – RACERRAIL

 

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: Kreon Prologue Ligna & In-Dolma

KREON – PROLOGE LIGNA & IN-DOLMA

 

 

TREND 2: Black and White

Highlighting and calling attention lighting: contrasting light ceiling plane finishes with dark fixture finishes. Suspended, recessed, or surface mounted lighting is a strong design trend. This can be a wonderful balance of harmony between black and white. Unique fixture designs offer endless opportunities for layout and systems integration.

 

 

Key Manufacturers & Products

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: Coronet Magneto

CORONET – MAGNETO 

 

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: PROLOGE IN-LINE & IN-DOLMA

LF ILLUMINATION – EF SLOT SYSTEM

 

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: EF SLOT SYSTEM

KREON – PROLOGE IN-LINE & IN-DOLMA

 

 

TREND 3: Unique Optical Designs

Lighting Manufacturers keep pushing the envelope when it comes to lensing, optics, and distribution of light. Glare-free lighting is paramount in creating well-lit environments, and these new, fun technologies offer the specifier an amazing design opportunity.

 

 

Key Manufacturers & Products

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: BETACALCO – LE LOUVRE

BETACALCO – LE LOUVRE  

 

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: NULITE – BOUNCE

NULITE – BOUNCE

 

TREND 4: Indirect Lighting Sources

Some of the best lighting strategies are the ones that remain unseen, at least when we’re talking about fixtures. The ability to accentuate volumes, highlight textured walls, or pop vibrant colors within an art wall is a great design opportunity.

 

 

Key Manufacturers & Products

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: ECOSENSE – SLIMCOVE DIM  

ECOSENSE – SLIMCOVE DIM  

 

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: KELVIX – ZOLO

KELVIX – ZOLO 

 

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: FOCAL POINT – SEEM 2 PERIMETER

FOCAL POINT – SEEM 2 PERIMETER

 

 

TREND 5: Acoustic Forms

Combine acoustical value in a light source is not a fad like a pair of bell-bottom jeans from the 70’s. Acoustic forms are here to stay, and they’re getting better than ever!

 

 

Key Manufacturers & Products

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: EUREKA – KNIT

EUREKA – KNIT 

 

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: EUREKA – TONE

TLA 2021 lighting trends: TLA 2021 lighting trends: EUREKA – TONE colors

EUREKA – TONE

 

 

TREND 6: Biophilic Design and Clouds

Connect architecture to nature. Look at vertical or horizontal, back-lit expanses evoking literal scenes or mass clouds. Combine biophilia to lighting design. The next generation of architectural lighting is all about reconnecting people with their natural environment.

 

 

Key Manufacturers & Products

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: SOFTFORM – BIOPHILIC DESIGN

SOFTFORM – BIOPHILIC DESIGN

 

 

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: TLS – LUMICLOUD

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: TLA 2021 lighting trends: TLS – LUMICLOUD

TLS – LUMICLOUD

 

 

TREND 7: Smart Home Downlighting

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you haven’t! Welcome to smart home downlighting. Specification grade residential downlighting meets JBL, meets Alexa built in.

 

 

Key Manufacturers & Products

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: JUNO – AI w/ Integrated JBL and Alexa

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: TLA 2021 lighting trends: JUNO – AI w/ Integrated JBL and Alexa

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: TLA 2021 lighting trends: JUNO – AI w/ Integrated JBL and Alexa

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: TLA 2021 lighting trends: JUNO – AI w/ Integrated JBL and Alexa

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: TLA 2021 lighting trends: JUNO – AI w/ Integrated JBL and Alexa

 

JUNO – AI w/ Integrated JBL and Alexa

 

 

TREND 8: Lit Mirrors

The ability to integrate a mirror with lighting at the vanity is a highly innovative solution. Aside from a great aesthetic and performance story, there is also a cost savings for you to share with your client.

 

 

Key Manufacturer & Products

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: ELECTRIC MIRROR – LIGHTED MIRRORS

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: ELECTRIC MIRROR – LIGHTED MIRRORS

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: ELECTRIC MIRROR – LIGHTED MIRRORS

 

TLA 2021 lighting trends: ELECTRIC MIRROR – LIGHTED MIRRORS

ELECTRIC MIRROR – LIGHTED MIRRORS

 

 

Thanks so much for joining me for Part 1 of the Two-Part series, and be sure to check back for my second installment of the 2021 Lighting Industry Design Trends Series, where I’ll be covering what’s new for Interior Lighting Trends.

If you would like more information about any of the manufacturers or products featured here, please email me at dcarlsen@thelightingagency.com

 

 

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The Lighting Agency is a local construction allied company representing the premier lighting and controls manufacturers for Colorado and Southern Wyoming. We strive to be an integral part of the design process through our work with lighting specifiers, contractors, suppliers, and owners to create brilliant yet budget-sensitive results for projects big and small.

 

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